US News: Coronavirus: The Netherlands confines again until 14 January

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Sant Coronavirus-Netherlands-Omicron: Coronavirus: The Netherlands confines again until 14 January

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The Hague (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dutch announced on Saturday a new confinement of the Netherlands until January 14 at least to contain contamination at Covid-19 linked to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

To count, non-essential businesses, restaurants, hair salons and sports halls will be closed and the measure will remain in effect until January 14th.

Schools will be closed until 9 January at least.

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"The Netherlands Close again. It has become inevitable because of the fifth wave that happens to us with the Omicron variant," announced at a press conference Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Do not act now would lead to an "unmanageable situation in hospitals," he added, while hospital centers have already reduced regular care to make room for people with CVIV-19.

As part of the new sanitary measures in the Netherlands, it is also requested from Dutch homes not to receive more than two people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to two people.

The government met Saturday with health experts who have recommended the closure of all non-essential businesses, schools, bars, restaurants and other institutions receiving the public.

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Fear of Omicron

Before the official announcement of the new confinement, in the city center of Leiden, about twenty kilometers from The Hague, the population had been in the main shopping street to complete Christmas shopping.

Extensive queues trained in front of toy stores and perfumers.

"It's usually charged before Christmas but it's more charged than usual," said Reuters Ali Windster, manager of a perfume.

Carla Nekeman made his cosmetics shopping in the store.

"It's no confinement, I take all the things I can not find in a supermarket. I'll have to tail everywhere," she said.

last Tuesday, the government had already ordered that the closure of bars, restaurants and most shops between 5:00 am and 05:00 in the morning be extended until January 14th.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte then explained that the Omicron variant could become dominant in the Netherlands by January.

Friday, the National Institute of Public Health has identified 15,433 new contaminations at COVID-19, down approximately 25% compared to the previous week but still above the peaks recorded in previous waves.

(Report Stephanie van den Berg, French version Gwénaëlle Barzic and Matthieu Protard)

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